Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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85
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: PorterLambic on 12-16-2011)
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Photo of DenverLogan
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper cloudy with minimal head. Big aroma...mostly fruit but a touch of alcohol, horse blanket...but the flavors are of mild malt, beefy fruit, lemon zest, mango, minimum herbs and spice. Tasty and drinkable...could easily down a 22 oz. with happiness!!

Photo of CADMixes
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Collin for yet another enjoyable CCB brew. This one was a violent gusher, and I lost a good 1/4 of the bottle upon cracking it up. Poured into Lost Abbey "Sinners and Saints" tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with a very nice and consistent white frothy head. Good lacing as the beer settles.

Nose: Bright citrus shines quite well upon first whiff. It continues to be a big part. Some smells of funk, but not much "horse blanket". More on the spicy/citrus side of the Saison scale. A good amount of Belgian like sweetness and spice support the biting grapefruit/lemon.

Taste: Has quite the healthy pale malt base, but the sharpness of the grapefruit character cuts through that well. Decent balance, but this beer comes off kind of awkward and clunky. Doesn't have a whole lot of subtle notes, just big in your face flavors that wrestle for attention. Spice coming through, with some mild hop bitterness, and quite dry.

Mouth: Like I mentioned in the taste section, this beer isn't as subtle as I was hoping it would be. Carbonation is there, but it's failing to support too big a burden.

Drink and overall: Interesting beer, not easy to drink. I struggled to drink the 3/4 of a bottle I had, would have been nice to share with someone. I like the idea of the three different treatments on this beer, and the grapefruit expression was 10x better than cedar.

Photo of closisinthehouse
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of pawpaw
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of WestSideAmish
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Blakeo
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a hazy orange with a thin white head that settles to a slight ring. Big aromas of orange peel, grapefruit, and Belgian yeast. Reminds me of a citrus-bomb Duvel. Taste is similarly citrusy, with lots of orange, wood, and spicy coriander. Crisp, slick mouthfeel with a medium body and good carbonation. Very smooth. Overall my favorite of the Dos Costas variants!

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DCon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 750mL bottle of this w/ friends from the Royale in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Green Labeled bottle w/ both The Bruery & Cigar City's brands on it into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date but came straight from Hunahpu's Day.

Aroma- A bit yeasty with light hops and small spices. Malt comes through as well. This is more like it!

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a dark orange colored body, almost copper and has average clarity (bit of haze). Leaves light suds behind.

Flavor- Very sweet, belgian like with light sugars and spices. Grapefruit very background but noticeable. No hops evident and not much bitterness as well. Semi-dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and stays semi-dry with malts all the way through.

Overall Impression- As the 2nd of the 3 Dos Costas Oestes, this one rang home to the Saison style more than the first. Enjoyed the light spices and sugary base to this one. Would like to enjoy this one again!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Bottle dated 12/8/2011.

Appearance - Loud fizz as I open the bottle and it gushes. I was quite startled and almost broke my glass. Pours a mostly clear orange body with a huge head that fades to a decent surface foam. Lacing clings to the glass, but it isn't heavy.

Smell - Biscuit malt all over. Sweet aroma with loads of esters and yeast. Citrus fruits dominate the aroma behind the malt. Grapefruit, but maybe just because of the label. A touch of funk from the yeast, but not much.

Taste - Sweet pale malt overload. So much malt that it overwhelms a lot of the fruit flavors. Tropical fruits persist in the taste, but it's less evident than in the aroma. The finish is where the wood dominates. Very woody and bitter in the finish that at least combats the sweetness, but is still too much.

Mouthfeel - After a while, the sweetness becomes too much. Sluggish to drink, especially for a saison. The bitter woody finish is tiring as well. Well carbonated, though!

Overall - Interesting concept, but it's just too big. Maybe just less malt and less wood would really make this a fascinating concept.

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of HopsJunkiedotcom
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Heatwave33 for the bottle

Pours cloudy orange with a 2 finger white head that fades into a thin layer and good lacing.

Classic saison yeasty aromas but a nice punch of citrus and some wood cut through some of the pepper that I usually find unpleasant. Bright lemon rind throughout too.

Taste isn't quite as bright. The underlying typical saison funk and some pepper and floral flavors are present. There's a little bit of an edge from the wood with lemon. A little coriander on the finish which I don't find particular pleasant. Where's the grapefruit? Got considerably worse as it warmed as the pepper overtook any hints of fruit. Drink this one before it hits room temperature.

Light with medium carbonation levels.

This one has good things going, but it's not quite there. If it tasted as good and well balanced as it smells, this would be great. As it is, the citrus flavors are subdued and the profile gets just a touch muddy especially as it warmed.

Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Agold
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a moderately hazy golden color with a generous amount of carbonation bubbles and a finger of very fine just barely off pure white head which lingers nicely and appears to have a bit of a fizzy character, leaves a generous amount of seafoam like lacing on the glass
S: o yea, thats a friggin saison if ive ever smelled one, nice peppery notes and pretty nice lemon peel scent at the end
T: hmm, its a very nice and tastey brew, that much is certain, the grapefruit character is apparent right at the very front of the sip and hits on the tongue, the peppery and more saison like notes become apparent in the middle of the sip, finishes cleanly but also leaves a lingering sweetness on the lips and tip of the tongue
M: medium carbonation tingle but then drinks rather smooth and yet with a bit of thick viscosity, nice on the palate
O: i really loved the taste of this brew, the sweetness of the grapefruit notes really makes the brew well rounded and helps to tone down the peppery notes, quite phenomenally done

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of amrozga
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mondegreen
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle into a Bruery Tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a healthy white head. Cloudy, but inviting.

Nose is somewhat sweet. Classic Saison yeast presence with a hint of citrus and a touch of wood. Everything sits in proper balance.

Taste places the fruity yeast esters front and center. Hint of alcohol on the finish. I'd like to see the grapefruit wood more front and center. That said, this is one of the better tasting American Saisons I've had in awhile.

Mouth is slick, medium bodied. Maybe a touch heavy for the style, but it works with the flavor profile.

Overall, this is a really good American Saison. The problem with many American-brewed Saisons is that they could double as BSPAs. This one is squarely within it's style, with a really good twist from the wood treatment (even if I wish it were more pronounced).

Photo of bierguru
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-
POURS A DEEP ORANGE WITH A THICK FLUFFY HEAD.

S -
YEAST RIGHT OUT OF THE BOTTLE. FOLLOWED BY A REAL POTENT SWEET ORANGE SCENT. SCENT IS ROUNDED OUT BY A CORIANDER GINGER COMBO

T-
REALLY SWEET ORANGE UP FRONT AND I FIND THIS TASTES TAKES OVER MOST OF THE TASTE. SLIGHT SPICY TANGY NOTES TOWARDS THE END

M -
LIGHT BODY NOT VERY BUBBLY, AND THERE IS A TINGLY SENSATION ON THE TONGUE

O -
BEER HAS POTENTIAL IF AGED. HAD THE BOTTLE FOR 3 MONTHS BEFORE I POPPED IT PROABLY WOULD BE BETTER IN ANOTHER 5 MONTHS. IF THE SWEET ORANGE PEEL TASTE FADES.

Photo of Immortale25
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip-style glass. No freshness date.

A- We've got a gusher! Foam almost immediately overflows out of the bottle once it's popped. Once poured, the beer has a dark amber color that's slightly hazy with a full inch of head that settles into a 1/2 inch head. Fluffy, slippery lacy.

S- Strong smell of green olive laid over some soapiness. Traces of tropical fruit.

T- The green olives come through almost as much in the taste. Hard to taste any grapefruit when there's so much of that going around. Even the aftertaste is like I'm drinking olive juice. It's not to the point where I don't feel like I'm drinking beer, but comes close. I know that it's just the wild bacteria causing this flavor, I'm just not a fan of this particular approach. A tiny bit of citrus surfaces once the palate gets acclimated but still doesn't pull things together.

M- Oily and soft with high carbonation. Semi-light body.

O- Almost as big of a letdown as the cedar aged variation. The lemon wood aged is the only one of the series that's impressive, IMO.

Dos Costas Oeste - Grapefruit Wood Aged from Cigar City Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.